Mitch Lacey’s book »The Scrum Field Guide: Practical Advice for Your First Year« is the most useful Scrum book I have read. It doesn’t bore the reader with lengthy explanations about what is Scrum and its artifacts. Rather, it jumps right in gives detailed examples of how a real Scrum project might work.
Each chapter illustrates a topic using a real life story as an example. Chapters include topics such as getting people on board, optimizing team performance, determining team velocity, implementing team roles, establishing core hours, presenting the case for a full time scrum master, establishing good engineering practices, understanding when we are done, release planning, decomposing user stories, getting the most out of the sprint review, running productive daily standup meetings, adding new team members, removing impediments and so on. By using real life examples these concepts do not end up as a bunch of theory to memorize but paint a vivid scene that can be immediately applied in practice.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for easy to understand guidelines on how to start implementing scrum principles immediately in their projects.